Over the past couple weeks, we have been firing up the Hype Train for 10 new attractions opening at theme parks around the world in 2019. But those are hardly the only new rides, show, lands, and parks that fans will be experiencing for the first time in this new year.
I would love to be able to show you a calendar of opening dates for all of 2019's new theme park attractions. But everyone seems to be waiting for Disney to make the first move.
The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland this summer promises to be another multi-platform major media event from The Walt Disney Company. I would not be surprised to see a prime time special about the new land on ABC, as well as at least a week of coverage on Good Morning America and network and local news features on ABC stations across the country. No one wants to compete with that, so parks that have openings that might fall anywhere near the time when Disney might be considering opening Galaxy's Edge are going to wait for Disney to commit to a date before falling in around that.
It's just like when movie studios adjust their release schedules to rivals' tentpole releases. Galaxy's Edge is the ultimate tentpole among 2019's theme park attractions.
So here's what we have at this point, starting with the resorts that have scheduled openings early in the year, then moving through those with openings scheduled for later, followed by those who've committed only to opening sometime in 2019. Follow the links for more information on each attraction, then please vote in our poll for the year's most anticipated new ride.
Disney's California Adventure
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Elsewhere at Walt Disney World
Hong Kong Disneyland
Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Knott's Berry Farm
SeaWorld San Diego
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure
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Now open, or date announced:
Still waiting on these: